By Alex Gahima
The Rotary Club of Mgahinga Kisoro has traveled to Arusha, Tanzania to join other rotary clubs under district 9214 and D9213 for the annual 97th DCA conference in Arusha, Tanzania.
The three day annual Conference that began on the 13th of May 2022 will come to its conclusion on the 15th of May 2022.
This year’s theme is, Youth our partners in Progress.
Rotary Club of Mgahinga Kisoro team leader, Change Maker President Jackie Baganizi along with five others made their way by road to Arusha, an experience they have since described as beautiful, exciting and a trip of thousand memories.
Mrs. Baganizi says, although Rotary Club of Mgahinga Kisoro is still a young club, it has shown exceptional potential to serve the people of Kisoro and the rest of the world.
She says the last annual conference that was scheduled to take place in Mbarara did not take place due to the Corona virus pandemic and the lockdown restrictions.
“This year, it was very important that we join the rest of the clubs in Arusha to network and share experiences because Rotary has taught me a lot about how to better serve my people without necessary using a lot of my personal resources”, Baganizi explained
According to Jackie, more members had the interest to travel to Arusha this year however work and family commitments could not allow them to travel.
Among the members who traveled to Arusha include Seseme Girls Secondary School headmistress Peace Ruzaza, Tour guide and Gospel show host Laban Niyongabo, Rotaract President Innocent Niyonzima, Poet and Writer Bahungirehe Phionah among others.
Rotaract President Innocent Niyonzima says the conference presents a great opportunity to learn and share ideas on how to improve the world.
According to Niyonzima, this year’s theme fits perfectly with his ambitions as a youth because he will be able to advocate and lobby for opportunities towards Kisoro youth in the sectors of health and climate change adaptability.
This year’s conference has already attracted the participation of District Governor D9214 DG Young Kimaro, whose key message was centered on promoting Mindset change in projects.
According to Kimaro, Sustainable development does not happen automatically because Rotary clubs have provided improved facility, built structures, provided books, desks and chairs, delivered computers, trained staff, and provided seedlings.
The outcomes aspired from such interventions need mindset changes for the impact to be felt and to be long lasting.
Other Key note speakers include Nozipho Tshabalala, one of Africa’s top 100 most influential Young Africans in 2019.
Tshabalala is the CEO of the Conversation Strategists and at this year’s conference, she is expected to discuss, moderating Global conversations for a better world.
UNDP Resident Representative Christine Musisi also encouraged women to keep finding ways of positively impacting their communities through their work.
About Rotary Club of Mgahinga Kisoro
- Managed to acquire a modern Ultra sound scan for the Maternity ward at Kisoro hospital
- With support from Rotary Club of Kabale, managed to construct classroom block on Mutanda Island for Primary children who had to cross on Lake Mutanda every morning to get to school. https://vomuhabura.com/mutanda-island-benefits-from-medical-camp/
- Supported victims of Mudslides on the slopes of Mount Muhabura where several people died, including children
- With Support from Rotary Club of Ibanda, bought class room desks for Mutolere Primary School. https://vomuhabura.com/mutolere-primary-school-gets-80-desks-ahead-of-schools-re-opening/
Rotary Club of Mgahinga meets every Wednesday evening at Travelers’ Rest hotel in Kisoro Municipality.